David Salle came to New York in the late 70' after studies at CalArts under the tutelage of John Baldessari. He quickly became part of a new wave of artists that included Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente, Sando Chia, Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, among others, that rejected Conceptual-ism, and above all, Minimalism. Loosely known as the Pictures Generation, they turned to using figurative imagery in painting and photography that liberally borrowed from commercial art and the media.
Part of a long series on contemporary art, (ART/ new york No. 65), this fascinating film looks at several exhibition over the years, at both the Gagosian and Mary Boone Galleries. It also includes a lengthy interview conducted with Salle in his Brooklyn studio.